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College Roundup: Big Green Baseball Will Play Sunday

Hanover — The Ivy League has scheduled the playoff game between Dartmouth and Yale for Sunday, May 4 at noon at Dartmouth’s Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park to decide the Rolfe Division baseball champion.

The winner of the game will advance to the Ivy Championship Series the following weekend at either Columbia or Penn, depending on which team wins Saturday’s playoff to decide the Gehrig Division champion.

This is the first time in the 22 seasons of divisional play of Ivy League baseball that both divisions require a playoff to determine the respective champions. A divisional playoff has occurred just five times previously with Dartmouth participating once, beating Brown in 2001. Yale has never played in a divisional playoff game and has not won the Rolfe Division in 19 years. The Big Green is aiming for its seventh straight division title.

Dartmouth Rained Out

Hanover — Dartmouth’s game against Siena, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, was rained out.

They were scheduled to play at Siena at the end of March, but that game was also lost to the weather. Neither game will be rescheduled.

Big Green Pitcher Wins Award

Hanover — Dartmouth freshman Mike Concato earned a share of the Ivy League rookie of the week award for the second straight week. He is the first pitcher in Big Green history to earn the honor twice, and the seventh Dartmouth player since 2000 to do so.

Concato took the mound at Harvard on Tuesday knowing Dartmouth needed a victory to keep its postseason hopes alive, and he came through by hurling a seven-hit shutout against the Crimson in the first game of a doubleheader. This was the second straight shutout for Concato, as he has tossed 14 consecutive scoreless innings and has an ERA of 0.95 over his last three starts.

For the season, Concato has a 2-2 record and leads the Big Green with his 501⁄3 innings and 3.40 ERA. He is the first Big Green pitcher to post two shutouts in one season in 26 years.

Women’s Lacrosse

3 From Big Green Named All-Ivy

Princeton, n.j. — Three Dartmouth women’s lacrosse players were named to the All-Ivy League teams, selected by the league’s eight coaches.

Sophomore Jaclyn Leto earned first-team recognition, while seniors Liz Calby and Kristen Giovanniello were selected to the second team.

Leto had a breakout 2014 campaign in the midfield, leading the team in goals (34), while second in points (41) and third in assists (eight).

Calby led the team in both points (42) and assists (14) in her senior season, while her 28 goals were third among Big Green players.

Giovanniello capped her time in Hanover with the third All-Ivy honor of her career. She became just the third goalie in the program’s four-plus decades to pass the 500-save mark, finishing with 529. That total took a big jump as she stopped 16 shots in her final game in a Big Green uniform at Harvard, one shy of her career high.

Men’s Lacrosse

Dartmouth Player Honored

Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth’s Robert Osgood was named all-Ivy League honorable mention.

The junior proved to be the team’s top defender all season, tasked with covering the opposition’s best players throughout the spring and anchoring the Big Green’s backend. Osgood was among the team leaders in several categories this season, finishing second in caused turnovers (12), as well as fourth in both ground balls (32) and assists (four).

Football

Dartmouth Players Earn Academic Honors

Hanover — Six Dartmouth players were named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Hampshire Honor Society this week.

Wide receiver Robbie Anthony, tight end Dean Bakes, nickel back Mike Banaciski, tight end Cole Marcoux, linebacker Michael Runger and cornerback Chase Womack were honored.

The honor society is comprised of college football players from all divisions who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach (and Dartmouth head coach from 1934-40) Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership.

Dartmouth concludes its spring practice with the annual Green and White game on Saturday at Memorial Field at 10 a.m.

Men’s Tennis

Dartmouth Player Named Top Rookie

Princeton, n.j. — Dartmouth sophomore Dovydas Sakinis was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, the first time a Big Green player has received the honor.

Sakinis, also an All-Ivy first-team honoree, finished the season 14-6 in singles play and added 13 more wins in doubles play. In his first season in Hanover, Sakinis picked up a win over nationally-ranked Francisco Dias from George Washington and won his final four Ivy League singles matches. Sakinis’ first-team acknowledgment is the first for Dartmouth since Mark Brodie in 2008.